Zingers, Quips, and One-Liners has--according to my edition--over 8,000 gems of wit wisdom. It comes complete with quotes from everyone from Oscar WilZingers, Quips, and One-Liners has--according to my edition--over 8,000 gems of wit wisdom. It comes complete with quotes from everyone from Oscar Wilde to Lenny Bruce from Mae West to Margaret Cho and Roseanne Barr. The key word from the title, I believe, is zingers. If you're not expecting the outrageous and pointed comment, then this collection is not for you. There is a quote that says, "A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone." (Jo Godwin) I would say that this is true of this book of quotes as well.
For the most part, I enjoyed this collection. Overall, very amusing--one quibble: there is a fair smattering of more modern celebrities. In general, I have no problem with this (despite my love for more vintage things-books, movies, TV shows, etc), but I do have a problem with quotations being ascribed to more recent celebrities when I know full well that the comments were around well before the advent of Madonna or Jerry Seinfeld. It would be nice if the editor Geoff Tibballs had credited the earliest reference rather than his favorite actor/comedian/what-have-you.
I miss no one so much as I miss Oscar Wilde....I would rather have him back now than almost anyone I have ever met. I have known more heroic souls andI miss no one so much as I miss Oscar Wilde....I would rather have him back now than almost anyone I have ever met. I have known more heroic souls and some deeper souls; souls more keenly alive to the ideals of duty and generosity; but I have known no more charming, no more quickening, no more delightful spirit.... ~Frank Harris, Wilde biographer
I love quotes and I love Oscar Wilde. So what could be better than The Wit & Humor of Oscar Wilde collected and edited by Alan Redman? Not much. The book is full to the brim with over 1000 epigrams on everything from "civilized" society to politics and from love to friendship. The collection presents Wilde's wit and sense of humor at its finest. Redman has done his research--combing Wilde's plays, poems, fairy tales, and correspondence to produce an exhaustive, completely authenticated work. There have been many quotes attributed to Wilde that you will not find here for the simple reason that Redman could find no authentic source confirming that Wilde first said them. A funny and interesting book--just right for the quote-lovers and fans of Wilde alike. Four stars.
The Mystery Lovers' Book of Quotations by Jane Horning (ed) is a lovely book of snippets from some of the world's great crime and mystery authors. TheThe Mystery Lovers' Book of Quotations by Jane Horning (ed) is a lovely book of snippets from some of the world's great crime and mystery authors. There are quotes from the creators of such characters as Sam Spade and Sherlock Holmes, from Miss Marple to Miss Silver. There are thoughts on the detection of crime and the mind of the murderer. There are musings on the psychology and emotions and the nitty-gritty bottom line. We hear echoes of The Godfather and the Nameless detective. Horning has done a terrific job capturing well-known authors as well as writers who may have been well-known at one time, but few modern readers may recognize. My only quibble--she quite often describes an author by citing their most famous work--and the proceeds to give us quotes from other novels. I would have liked to have seen at least one quote from the novel/s mentioned. But it's a minor quibble--four stars for a great reference book. I do love me some quotes.
"Were it not for the misfortunes of our friends, life would be unbearable." This formidable bit of rapier-work from the pen of LaFrom Library Journal
"Were it not for the misfortunes of our friends, life would be unbearable." This formidable bit of rapier-work from the pen of La Rochefoucauld suggests the flavor of this engaging collection of puns, witticisms, object-lessons, quips, and odds and ends gleaned from such varied sources as the classics and newspaper columns. The book's aim is to offer comfort to those whose personal tales of woe seem overpowering by demonstrating that others have had it as bad or worse. For instance, Picasso couldn't learn the alphabet, Marilyn Monroe suffered from hemorrhoids, and Gable was perfunctory in bed. Goodsell has packed a great deal of superfluous fun into the book, and it should pleasantly beguile a tedious half-hour or two. A.J. Anderson, G.S.L.I.S., Simmons Coll., Boston Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. ...more
I love books of quotations...especially when they contain off-beat, lesser-known quotes. One gets tired of the quotes that appear in every resource ouI love books of quotations...especially when they contain off-beat, lesser-known quotes. One gets tired of the quotes that appear in every resource out there....more
Loose Cannons: Devastating Dish from the World's Wildest Women by Autumn Stephens is a book full of stinging one liners from some of history's most voLoose Cannons: Devastating Dish from the World's Wildest Women by Autumn Stephens is a book full of stinging one liners from some of history's most vocal women. The book showcases hundreds of quotes from actresses to spies, from Queens to psychiatrists. The collection has been compiled by the author of the bestselling Wild Women and every bit is a winner, from Virginia Woolf's "The older one grows, the more one likes indecency" to Elizabeth Taylor's "What do you expect me to do? Sleep alone?" Others include Mata Hari, Tallulah Bankhead, Catherine the Great, Oprah Winfrey, Ann Richards, and Josephine Baker. From Story Reformers to Hardcore Heroines, here are history's noisiest broads who won't be silenced!
If you're a little shy and can't take straight (and sometimes profane) language, then this collection is not for you. But the ladies are all on target and there's a lot of truth between the covers. A humorous, witty, and entertaining book with tidbits for just about everyone. I sat down and read it cover to cover in one night. Four Stars....more